Luxury Solar Eclipse Helicopter Basecamps in Madras, Oregon

MADRAS, OREGON – Six months. Six months until the grandest show in the heavens returns to Central Oregon: the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. There have been plenty of lunar eclipses and partial solar eclipses in the United States this century, but there has not been a total solar eclipse to touch the mainland of America since 1979. Professional astronomers, amateur stargazers and even casual watchers of the sky are getting excited. So should you and Madras, Oregon will be the place to be.

Here’s what will happen Aug. 21, 2017

Although the exact timing of the eclipse will vary depending on your location, one thing is for sure: On Monday, Aug. 21, the moon will slide in front of the sun. Minute-by-minute, it will block more and more of the sun’s disc, creating an ever-increasing partial solar eclipse. After about 90 minutes, the sun will still shine brightly but will be diminished to a crescent shape. After about another 90 minutes, the sun will slowly return to normal and the eclipse will be over.

If you’re in the right place at the right time, somewhere within a 75-mile-wide swatch of the country from coast to coast, the moon will block the entire sun in the middle of the three-hour event. It will get eerily dark, dramatically colder, the brighter stars and planets will shine and the sun will appear to have been swallowed whole. This is totality, and it will last a little more than two minutes, and blow your mind.

In Bend, Oregon Big Mountain Heli Tours has been planning for this event for over a year. On August 21st ten helicopters will lift off to support eclipse watchers from as far away as Norway and Canada with once in a lifetime Champagne Eclipse Basecamps in the high desert.

What you need to decide: Do I stay or do I go?

Will you view the total solar eclipse or merely take in a partial eclipse? Obviously, seeing the total solar eclipse would be preferred. But from anywhere in the United States, you will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. If you want to experience totality, you may have to travel — to Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee or Wyoming and other states.

Getting away from work or school on a Monday afternoon in order to travel hundreds of miles could be tough, but for those seeking a once in a lifetime experience Madras will be ground zero and Big Mountain Heli Tours can get you in the middle of it!